At Blue Apple Electric, we are always looking for ways to help our Las Vegas customers maximize their energy efficiency in their everyday lives. You don’t have to redo your entire electrical system to save energy, and you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to cut back on electricity costs.
Below are a few simple tips you can try to reduce your energy costs:
1. Use Blankets and Extra Clothes to Stay Warm
In the winter months, you can spend an arm and a leg running the heater all day and night. Add an extra blanket on your bed or wear an extra layer of warm clothing. You’ll be plenty comfortable, and you can reduce your energy usage.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat Before Bed
In the winter, turn down your thermostat 10-15 degrees. In the summer, feel free to turn it up some. Find a reasonable temperature that won’t burn up so much energy overnight as you sleep.
3. Use Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans, use them as much as you can in lieu of the air conditioner – they use a lot less energy! A helpful trick is to switch them to run counter-clockwise in the summer (which draws the warm air up) and then clockwise in the winter (which pushes the warm air down).
4. Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Keeping your furnace, air conditioner and duct/vent system maintained and clean is a great way to make sure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible.
5. Use Solar Power and LED Lighting
Add some solar panels to your roof to utilize more solar power in your home. You can also replace old incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs that will use less energy and last a lot longer. These upgrades may cost you a bit more up front, but generally, pay for themselves—and then some—in the long run.
6. Upgrade the Insulation
If you have poor insulation in your walls and ceilings, it will really impact how much energy you have to use to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It may be time to upgrade your insulation.
7. Get Your Wiring Inspected
It’s a good idea to get your wiring and overall electrical system inspected periodically by a leading residential Las Vegas electrician like Blue Apple Electric. This is especially true if you have an older house or apartment where things might be worn out or simply outdated.
8. Use a Humidifier in the Winter
Las Vegas desert air is dry and that makes it feel colder inside a home during the winter months. Using a humidifier will add more moisture to the air, which retains more heat. Humidifiers are, generally, much cheaper to run than a furnace or electric heater.
9. Turn Off Lights When Not Using Them
Get in the habit of turning off lights every time you leave a room. There’s no need to have all the lights on in your house or apartment, especially in rooms that aren’t being used. This is an instance where every little change you make can add up over time
These are just a few tips from the Las Vegas electricians at Blue Apple Electric for adopting better energy-saving practices. The more energy efficient you can be, the less painful those electric bills will be every month. For a whole-home energy audit or any electrical repairs, installations or maintenance, contact Blue Apple Electric today.